Everyone knows that setting a calendar reminder 28 days in advance is the only way to get a reservation at Pizzeria Beddia in Philly or Carbone in Manhattan, but you should also keep it in mind if you plan on eating at Black Eyed Susans in Harvey Cedars. This BYOB spot is constantly packed with people celebrating special occasions, like a kid’s completion of freshman year, or an anniversary (while their freshman kid raids their liquor cabinet back at the house). The reason this white tablecloth restaurant is constantly slammed is the seafood-focused American food, like doughy, charred gnocchi with big chunks of lobster, and tender tilefish over thick vichyssoise.
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Plantation Restaurant And Bar
Plantation is a big bar and restaurant on Long Beach Island where you can eat have a casual weeknight dinner, or get beers and wings at the bar.
Barry’s Do Me A Flavor
Barry’s Do Me A Flavor is a counter-service spot in Beach Haven with some great sandwiches and ice cream.
Ship Bottom Brewery
Ship Bottom Brewery serves its own beers at its bar and brewery on Long Beach Island, where it has a BYO food policy and often has live music.
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Cardinal Provisions is a fantastic breakfast/lunch spot in Asbury Park that you should definitely check out asap.
SOUTH is both a low country restaurant and a jazz bar - and it’s just as good for the music as it is for the po’ boys and creole food.
Vernick Coffee Bar
Vernick Coffee Bar in the Comcast Center serves an all-day menu, and is a good lunch option if you’re in the area.
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Parker’s Garage & Oyster Saloon
If you want to eat overlooking the water on Long Beach Island, do it at Parker’s Garage in Beach Haven.
Tucker’s Tavern is a big bar and restaurant on Long Beach Island with $1 oysters during Happy Hour.
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